Shopping Small This Festive Season

If you follow me on Instagram then you might know I’m all about supporting local and independent businesses. This little list I’m sharing with you today is both of those things. They’re all local to Glasgow and are run independently by some amazing humans.

If you’re not local to Glasgow, don’t worry, you’re in luck! Several of these businesses also have online shops, so you can hopefully get your hands on some of their products too.

If you’ve still got some last minute presents to buy then I’m hoping this little list will help with that! Or if you are more organised than me and have completed your shopping already then maybe you’ll find something nice to treat yourself instead…

Libby Walker

I discovered Libby’s shop whilst on a walk last weekend, and I’m so glad I did! I’d seen some of her work on Instagram before, but I didn’t realise she had a shop in Glasgow. She recently designed a series of amazing prints of some of my favourite Southside cafes. Little did I know, she also put this design onto candles in collaboration with Cloud Nine Candles. Combining coffee and candles, aka two of my favourite things, I couldn’t resist picking one up.


Claire Henry Ceramics

Now this is a business I’m yet to purchase from, but believe me when I say I’ve got lots on my wish list! Anytime I pay a visit to Short Long Black, I spend the majority of my time admiring Claire’s ceramics. As well as using her cups for their coffee, they also have lots of her work for sale too. If you’d like to admire them in person too then you can find a list of stockists on her website.



Owned by Tuck Studio, Apercu is the new shop in town (well, the southside). We bought the three cuties you see above last week.  If you need a plant or a nice plant pot then this is definitely the place to go. Everything is really reasonably priced, and the staff are also incredibly knowledgable about all things plants. I’m just hoping I manage to keep mine alive as I don’t have the best track record…


Bare Bones Chocolate

Bare Bones is another new business that has truly hit the ground running. Making their chocolate bars from hand in Glasgow, they’re worth every penny. Each bar is made without any additives, and the packaging is made from recycled coffee cups. It’s so nice to find a company with good values and the chocolate tastes great, so what’s not to love? They’d make the perfect gift for any of the chocolate lovers in your life. I’m actually running a giveaway on Instagram right now where you can win a bar of their milk chocolate as well as lots of other goodies!


Sunshine No. 1 

Last but definitely not least is Sunshine No. 1. It is your one stop shop for finding a huge selection of products made by sellers across Scotland. You’ll find Claire Henry Ceramics in there, alongside a great selection of candles, jewellery, artwork and more! The owner Suzi is so lovely, and you’ll find her behind the counter most days. She knows the story behind every single product which I think is so special. Even if it’s just to buy a birthday card, I know Suzi will appreciate your business.


And that’s a wrap! I hope this post has helped you discover a few new indy businesses. I think it’s so nice to support local businesses as much as possible, especially when buying Christmas presents! I’ve definitely made more of a conscious effort this year to shop small.


In the mood to read more? Last week, I shared some festive things that have made me happy recently.

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